Sheridan, J A (2013) A shale bead fragment from Area 6. In: Opening the Wood, Making the Land: The Archaeology of a Middle Thames Landscape Mesolithic, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. The Eton College Rowing Course Project and the Maidenhead, Windsor And Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme. Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph (38). Oxford Archaeology, Oxford, pp. 182-183. ISBN 9781905905317

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Excavations at the Eton Rowing Course and along the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Channel revealed extensive evidence for occupation in an evolving landscape of floodplains and gravel terraces set amidst the shifting channels of the Thames.

The most significant evidence was a series of early Neolithic midden deposits, preserved in hollows left by infilled palaeochannels. These deposits contained dense concentrations of pottery, worked flint, animal bone and other finds, and are put into context by other artefact scatters from the floodplain, pits on the gravel terrace and waterlogged environmental deposits from palaeochannels. Early Mesolithic lakeside occupation, later Mesolithic flint scatters along a former channel of the Thames, pits from the middle and late Neolithic and activity areas of the Beaker and Early Bronze Age, demonstrate longer term changes in patterns of occupation.
The excavations also revealed early, middle and late Neolithic human remains in palaeochannels, middle Neolithic crouched inhumation burials and early Neolithic cremated remains. An oval barrow may have first been cut in the early Neolithic. Other ring ditches date from the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age; one contained a central cremation burial in a Collared Urn together with pyre material and the remains of a bier.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 14:00

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